Employer Branding

How Do American Workers Waste Time and Money?

American workers waste approximately 2.09 hours each day — and that’s not including scheduled lunch breaks. So where’s that time going, and how much is it costing?

There’s nothing wrong with taking a break or two from the work each day, but it turns out we’re all wasting much more time that was previously thought.

According to a survey by America Online and, American workers are wasting 2.09 hours per 8 hour workday, and that doesn’t include lunch or scheduled break time. Who’s wasting the most time, and what are they doing?

A new infographic by OnlineCollegeCourses reveals a few interesting stats:

  • 44.7% of workers waste time by surfing the Internet for personal use
  • 23.4% socialize with co-workers
  • 6.8% even conduct their own business in office hours
  • 3.9% are spaced out
  • 3.1% waste time by running errands off-site
  • 2.3% make personal phone calls
  • 1.3% apply for other jobs
  • 1% arrive late in the mornings
  • 1% plan their personal events.

Related: How Much Time Employees Waste on Social Media (Infographic).


By Jörgen Sundberg

Founder of Undercover Recruiter & CEO of Link Humans, home of The Employer Brand Index.